COST-EFFECTIVE TARGET FABRICATION FOR INERTIAL FUSION ENERGY

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A central feature of an Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) power plant is a target that has been compressed and heated to fusion conditions by the energy input of the driver. The IFE target fabrication programs are focusing on methods that will scale to mass production, and working closely with target designers to make material selections that will satisfy a wide range of required and desirable characteristics. Targets produced for current inertial confinement fusion experiments are estimated to cost about $2500 each. Design studies of cost-effective power production from laser and heavy-ion driven IFE have found a cost requirement of about ... continued below

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GOODIN,D.T; NOBILE,A; SCHROEN,D.G; MAXWELL,J.L & RICKMAN,W.S March 1, 2004.

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A central feature of an Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) power plant is a target that has been compressed and heated to fusion conditions by the energy input of the driver. The IFE target fabrication programs are focusing on methods that will scale to mass production, and working closely with target designers to make material selections that will satisfy a wide range of required and desirable characteristics. Targets produced for current inertial confinement fusion experiments are estimated to cost about $2500 each. Design studies of cost-effective power production from laser and heavy-ion driven IFE have found a cost requirement of about $0.25-0.30 each. While four orders of magnitude cost reduction may seem at first to be nearly impossible, there are many factors that suggest this is achievable. This paper summarizes the paradigm shifts in target fabrication methodologies that will be needed to economically supply targets and presents the results of ''nth-of-a-kind'' plant layouts and concepts for IFE power plant fueling. Our engineering studies estimate the cost of the target supply in a fusion economy, and show that costs are within the range of commercial feasibility for laser-driven and for heavy ion driven IFE.

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  • 3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INERTIAL FUSION SCIENCES AND APPLICATIONS, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, SEPTEMBER 7-12, 2003 AND TO BE PUBLISHED IN FUSION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

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  • Report No.: GA-24429
  • Grant Number: AC03-98ER54411
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 828518
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc781664

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GOODIN,D.T; NOBILE,A; SCHROEN,D.G; MAXWELL,J.L & RICKMAN,W.S. COST-EFFECTIVE TARGET FABRICATION FOR INERTIAL FUSION ENERGY, article, March 1, 2004; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc781664/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.